It is extremely important to place the following information in context as it does not in any way represent medical advice for any patient. It should also be mentioned that all standard Multiple Sclerosis (MS) immunomodulator drugs can in rare cases damage the liver and isolated severe attacks have been reported. In addition, it should be mentioned that the liver enzyme elevation reported is 0.1% or 1/1000 users of Tysabri , and that 4% of MS Tysabri users experienced liver enzyme elevation as opposed to 5% of placebo controls (those receiving inactive substances during testing). The liver is a critical metabolic organ that enzymatically processes many foods, toxins and drugs that enter our systems. One way we know that the liver is being stressed is the identification of an elevation of liver (hepatic) enzymes (transaminases: AST/SGOT, ALT/SGPT, GGT) in our blood. In addition, the liver manufactures bilirubin, which aids in the removal of metabolic breakdown products. If a t...
According to a new study published in t he medical journal, Rheumatology , taking two teaspoons (10g) of cod liver oil a day reduced the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by as much as 30%. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, have been around for decades and are commonly used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis to provide arthritis pain relief. However, long-term NSAID use has long been associated with gastrointestinal problems and other side effects. Cod liver oil contains omega-3 fatty acids , whose anti-inflammatory properties have been talked about a lot in recent press and new diet programs. Several studies in the past few years have indicated that the omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish and other foods help fight inflammation. Cod liver oil is also high in vitamins A and D. In this small study, 97 patients who took NSAIDs to treat arthritis were analyzed for 9 months. The patients were divided about in half into a group takin...
If you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist and get
it taken care of. If you have complex
diabetes , you go to an endocrinologist and get it taken care of. If you have cancer, you go to an oncologist
and get it taken care of. Where do you
go if you have pain?
You might think you
go to a "Pain Specialist." Who might
that be? Here's a short list of
possibilities: A psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, a physiatrist, a
neurologist, a psychologist; or different individuals who practice massage,
acupuncture, or hypnosis; or interventional pain physicians, or a physician who
favors the use of medicines, or physicians who prefer not to use pain medicines . This is the short list of
If you are like many,
perhaps most, people living with chronic pain , you have tried the whole list
and then some---and this journey may have taken years. Each stop along the way typically there is
hope; there are tests and trea...
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